Best Racing Game of 2011
2. Forza 4
Forza Motorsport 4 really epitomizes the racing genre. It’s got all the sim functionality that you’d expect, but it’s not inaccessible to gamers who just want to pick up and race. The varying degrees of difficulty mean that you can adjust the game to be challenging to anyone. It’s also gorgeous to look at, offers a huge stable of vehicles, and supports the use of racing wheel peripherals. It also offers up some robust community features. For example, once you’ve acquired a car in-game, you can give it a custom paint job, soup it up, and then sell it on the game’s auction house to other Forza owners. It’s as complete and solid a racer as you’ll play this year.
1. Driver: San Fancisco
Thanks to its brilliant shift feature, in which you can transfer your character’s consciousness into the body of any driver in the city, Driver: San Francisco is one of the most engaging racers the year, and it’s definitely the most innovative. It’s also got a compelling story, one that feels like it would make for an outstanding television show, but that’s just the frosting. Where Driver: SF really shines is in its multiplayer, as “tag,” where you attempt to bump the “it” driver with whatever car you’re inhabiting at the moment, keeps me coming back for more all these months later. It’s an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that will force you to make liberal use of the shift function, and it’s probably the most original online game mode you’ll find in any game this year. Driver: San Francisco is a game that will live on long after this year is done.
So, those are our picks. Now it’s time to see what the readers chose!
Readers were invited to vote in a Facebook poll for their favorites. They also had the option of adding a favorite game to the list if their choice wasn’t there. Here’s how that vote turned out:
2011 Reader’s Choice Indie Game
5. Shift 2: Unleashed
4. Driver: San Francisco
3. Forza Motorsport 4
2. Gran Turismo 5
1. DiRT 3
So, how would you rate the best Racing games of 2011? Drop your lists in the comments below to let us know what you think!